Life in the Boomer Lane

Be warned that there’s a new acronym on the street: HEBBS. This is not to be confused with Donald Hebbs (a Canadian psychologist), Bobby Hebbs (singer and songwriter of the hit song “Sunny”) or Hebb’s Auto Service in Halifax, NS.

HEBBS, High-Earning Baby Boomers, are defined as Baby Boomers who live in households that have an annual income of at least $100,000.

Just where did HEBBS come from? Apparently they were discovered by Scarborough Research, those data-collecting folks who do things involving mixing up a lot of numbers and then flinging them out randomly as “statistics.” Statistics of all kinds are then available to both normal people and politicians who can use them, usually erroneously, to both impress and appall people.

Why care about HEBBS? According to Scarborough Research, HEBBS account for 9% of the adult American population. To put this into perspective, 9% of men are colorblind. 9% of…

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My Voyage Through Time

Today is the birthday of the Vatican’s Secret Archive, which dates back to January 31, 1612. The archive is full of amazing documents. Despite the colorful comments that can be found tied to the fact that the archive remains “secret,” this archive houses some of the most fascinating documents in the world. Documents in the archive have been made available with the pre-approval of authorities (of course) to academics and historians over the years. My guess would be that preference is given to scholars whom convey a positive image of the church. There are more than 50 miles of shelves in this archive. The records contained in the archives span 12 centuries of history. As an archivist who loves history, science, and the stars, my favo
rite documents housed in the archive would likely be those associated with the Trial of Galileo. He was a bit of…

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Keith Olbermann Fired

To start with, what channel was he on? And when the viewrship has to be measured with imaginery numbers, you have to wonder what took so long. I guess he can go live with that dude who look a lot like him: Rachel Maddow!

Keith Olbermann has been fired by a cable network. Again.

Current TV released a statement saying it was parting ways with the outspoken liberal news pundit, citing a difference in values. Current also announced its giving former New York governor and CNN personality Eliot Spitzer a show in Olbermann’s 8 p.m. slot. Spitzer’s show starts tonight.

The decision comes less than a year after Current hired the former MSNBC personality as lead news anchor to help energize the cable network’s primetime ratings. Olbermann’s stint was marred by infighting, including a public spat last fall over whether he would anchor the network’s election coverage. According to the New York Times, Olbermann had a five-year $50 million deal with the network, but Current is accusing Olbermann of violating the terms of his contract.

Your “We all supported an investigation that is taking place. I think that’s an issue in the justice system, and if that doesn’t seem to be working, then consider some other options, but I’m pleased that the investigation is going forward.”

Darn Typical Liberals!

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Typical Friday for the unemployed liberal

10:29 Wake up to the alarm clock blaring Air America Radio.

10:42 Shower with hemp shampoo and pumice stone.

11:00 Towel dry hair put on pajama pants, tie dye t-shirt and slip into Birkenstocks.

11:05 Brisk walk with little dog to Starbucks, order ‘café of the day’ and scour the Modesto Bee for the op-ed pages.

12:15 Places op-ed back in communal pile on table #3, grabs want-ads, places under arm and returns home.

12:20 Change bird cage liner with newly acquired want-ads and flips on CNN. Proceed to tell parents how G.W.B. jr is still screwing you, and how Fox News is doing the same.

2:45 Trudges towards mailbox, stubs toe, curses George W. Bush and collects unemployment check from mail drop. Back inside on the couch for a nap. Dream about the days of past wealth,work, and living the life.

6:00 Awoken by telephone. Informs potential employer that interview next Monday is out of the question! Slams phone down, blames George W. Bush for losing another job, mutes CNN and turns on Air America radio on the stereo.

6:38 Microwaves two Soy Burgers and pours a glass of boxed red wine.

7:15 Friend calls and offers job. Job declined because starting salary is less than unemployment check. Blames George W. Bush for losing two jobs in one day.

7:30 Becomes educated on topics of the day by surfing,, (

9:00 Writes on blog how everything GOP,conservative, and GWB jr is keepin them down.

9:15 Log on to, blame conservatives for all of life’s problems and condemn George W Bush for everything else.

2:38 Finish off the box of cheap wine, approach the life-sized cardboard cutout of Nietzsche and kiss him goodnight

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